“The best way to fight the coronavirus is the relationship with Jesus Christ.” The American Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the main opponents of Pope Francis and, together with Cardinal Sarah, leader of the rigorous current in the Catholic Church, is admitted to a hospital in Wisconsin, after testing positive for COVID-19 on the past 10 of August. Three days later, he was connected to a respirator, as confirmed by his office through social networks. Now, traditionalist groups assure that his state of health is “serious” and that “the next 48 hours will be crucial to know if he survives.”
Burke, in addition to being against each and every one of the reforms undertaken by Pope Francis (from welcoming gays to communion for the divorced, passing through the prohibition of masses in Latin or closeness to indigenous communities), He is one of the Catholic leaders who most strongly opposed vaccination.
Thus, a year ago, Burke joined the words of former President Donald Trump, campaigning against vaccination, under the thesis that microchips could be inserted under the skin of people who received the puncture. In fact, as sources close to the cardinal point out, he would not even have been vaccinated.
The cardinal criticized the way governments have handled the pandemic, referring to the virus in a homily last December as the “Wuhan virus,” a derogatory term used by Trump to describe the coronavirus and warn people that governments they were manipulating them. In May 2020, he spoke out against vaccines and suggested that some in society want to implant microchips in people.
In turn, like other cardinals (in Spain, Cañizares or Reig Plá), Burke condemned the alleged use – which was proven false – of cells from fetuses in some of the patents, and questioned restrictions on worship during the hardest moments of the pandemic, as well as the request that the faithful receive Communion in the hand and not with the mouth, to avoid contagion.
According to the American press, Burke, 73, contracted the virus during a visit to Wisconsin and is hospitalized there. The conservative cardinal was born in Richland Center in southwestern Wisconsin and served as a bishop in the Diocese of La Crosse from 1995 to 2004.
“Cardinal Burke has been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and is being assisted by a ventilator. Doctors are encouraged by his evolution. The Rosary has been faithfully prayed for those sick with the virus. On this Vigil of the Assumption, let us now pray the Rosary for him, “said the official account of the cardinal, given the worsening of his health. Three days earlier, it was Burke himself who noted, “I am resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care. Please pray for me as I begin my recovery.”
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